Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Carl Waaler Kaas on French training


The Norwegian Carl Waaler Kaas spent some time training in France and is writing up his comparison of French and Norwegian orienteering training approaches. If you can get through the Norwegian, read the whole article.

If you can't read Norwegian, you're not entirely out of luck. Here is my rough translation of a bit of the article describing a typical winter training week for the French elite group:

Monday: Recovery day. Easy, long run.

Tuesday: strength circuit training, "spenst" and speed. Some short, fast running intervals, often with "dry" orienteering technique training between the intervals or when cooling down.

Wednesday: O' technique, often night orienteering. Intensity can be high or easy.

Thursday: O' technique, often intervals. The intensity is usually the opposite of Wednesday.

Friday: strength circuit training.

Saturday and Sunday: often intensive O' technique training [something I don't quite understand] often sprint, middle distance, night and long distance. A lot at a high intensity and some competitions.

I should add a couple of notes. First, I'm a bit unsure of some of the translation. I think (hope) I got it right, but I'm not sure. "Spenst" is a kind of training for speed/strength. It usually involves things like jumps and hops. I think "dry" O' technique training is probably doing things with maps, like memorizing some control locations and then recalling them later.

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posted by Michael | 8:41 PM


The expression "dry training" comes from what swimmers do when they do not swim, if you see what I mean. It is like sitting in your livingroom doing theoretical excercises on a map, instead of being outside running a course.
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